Workforce Development staff at the Maple Building Grand Opening

Our Team

Our team of professionals is dedicated to serving the businesses and industries of Buncombe and Madison counties. A-B Tech Community College is committed to providing learning opportunities to promote economic and workforce development.  Call us for more information at (828) 398-7921.

Our team includes Kevin Kimrey, James Lee III, John Erwin, Andy McNeal, Debbie Cromwell and David Rogers.

Kevin Kimrey Kevin Kimrey, Director, Economic and Workforce Development, brings over 28 years of industry training and development experience to AB Tech. He served as Customized Training Services Director for Surry Community College in Dobson, NC. He managed customized training projects ranging from leadership and continuous improvement, to safety and technical training, and was certified as an ACT job Profiler.
James Lee III James E. Lee III, Customized Training Coordinator, brings to AB Tech a successful track record of developing partnerships with diverse community organizations and individuals that he began while working for the City of Asheville. James is a 2014 graduate of the Executive Leadership Institute and has a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Operations Management. He co-hosts a weekly show on WRES 100.7 FM Radio Station to discuss the different degrees, programs and services available at AB Tech. James sits on several non-profit boards, participates in various community activities and represents the college at a variety of events.
John Erwin John Erwin, Customized Training Coordinator, brings nearly thirty years of entrepreneurial, consulting and personal business coaching experience to AB Tech's Workforce Outreach Team.  His own ventures spanned a variety of interests ranging from computer software development, to management consulting, training, and executive coaching, to real estate investment and residential construction. John is an alumni of Leadership Asheville 13.
Andy McNeal Robert (Andy) McNeal, AB Tech's Aviation Composites Instructor, has 20 years experience working for the Air Force as an aircraft structural repair technician and supervisor.  After retiring from the military, he taught aircraft manufacturing at Trident Technical College for the Boeing 787 project, and at Lenoir Community College. Andy will be lead instructor for AB Tech's new training center to prepare GE Aviation employees in the production of ceramic matrix composites.
David Rogers David Rogers, Advanced Manufacturing Coordinator.